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Mass. Confirms 121 New COVID Cases, 8 More Deaths; Test Rate Under 0.5%

Health officials' projection of active COVID-19 cases fell below 3,000

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Massachusetts health officials confirmed another 121 new COVID cases and eight more deaths on Friday.

The new numbers pushed the state's confirmed case total to 662,665 and the death toll to 17,574 since the start of the pandemic.

Massachusetts' COVID metrics, tracked on the Department of Public Health's interactive coronavirus dashboard, have fallen far enough that its state of emergency declaration is set to expire June 15.

In the latest report, Massachusetts' seven-day average of positive tests ticked below 0.5% to 0.47%. It was once above 30%.

The number of patients in Massachusetts hospitals with confirmed COVID-19 cases dipped to 150. Of those currently hospitalized, 53 are listed as being in intensive care units and 25 are intubated.

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Health officials' projection of active COVID-19 cases fell below 3,000, from 3,191 on Thursday to 2,967 on Friday.

More than 8.3 million vaccine doses have been administered in Massachusetts: more than 4.3 million first shots and nearly 3.7 million second shots of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines as well as over 262,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Health officials reported that 3,934,823 Bay State residents have been fully vaccinated as of Friday.

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